Getting To Grips With Security Checks & Validation

Getting to grips with security checks and validation can be overwhelming. Here at SecuraSeal we have over 30 years’ experience in event security. This our quick guide to everything you need to know about security checks and validation. 


The Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) was formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. If an employee will be working with vulnerable people, such as in healthcare or working with children, then a DBS check can be carried out


There are four different forms of DBS checks. A basic check shows unspent convictions and cautions. Organisations can’t request this kind of check, the individual must apply themselves and then share it with their employers. 


A standard check shows spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. An enhanced check shows the same as a standard check plus information that local police have that is considered relevant for the role. The final level is an enhanced check with barred lists. This adds to the enhanced check by including information on whether someone has been barred from doing the role. 


These checks are not freely available and there are restrictions on what roles can be checked. It’s against the law to not employ someone for spent convictions if it is not relevant to the role and organisations running these checks should have a policy on the employment of ex-offenders. 


Once systems are in place they have to be adopted fully and used as intended. Wired reports on how US Border Patrol hasn’t fully validated e-Passport data for years as they lack the software. The digital portions of the passport still work but the electronic signature that would validate its authenticity is not checked. 


Technology is providing near-seamless new ways to stay secure at work and at home. This can be especially important if employees or contractors take laptops or data off-site. Two factor authentication (2FA) ensures that a login to a website is more secure by sending a code to the registered person’s phone using a service like Google Authenticator or a simple text message. This is a double assurance that it is the right person logging in, not someone using a stolen laptop, for instance. 


This validation concept of establishing contact in multiple ways can help you authenticate event attendees too. And the RFID technology that powers our contactless card payments can be added to event passes. This allows for a covert or overt extra layer of security that cannot be easily duplicated and can discreetly control levels of access. 


After tragic attacks at public events such as the Bataclan theatre in Paris and the Manchester Arena, venue security is high on the agenda. Event organisers need to decide what level of security checks of bags and people is appropriate and, importantly, build in the extra time that will require of visitors, and notify them. With 324 UK football clubs currently impacted by allegations of historical child abuse (Operation Hydrant – NPCC figures –, the protection of young people within such organisations must now be of paramount importance.


SecuraSeal has over 30 years’ experience in venue and event security and is now working with a number of leading football clubs to create bespoke accreditation systems for them. With our event accreditation and security films we have worked on huge events like the Olympics London 2012, Vancouver 2010 and the Rugby World Cup 2015. When you are planning an event you need that sort of extensive knowledge and expertise. SecuraSeal offers 24 hour technical support and backup as well as training on systems and equipment.